Paul’s Instructions to Timothy
“Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside unto myths. But you keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist. Discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
The Timothy Program International, Track Two curriculum, is dedicated to the proposition that: “People minister to people through the power of God directed by His Word.” TPI Track Two curriculum is designed to make one a student of God’s Word, not merely to certify that one has formally studied. TPI Track Two curriculum requires much reading. This determines whether or not the student is self-motivated, and, whether or not he/she will “study to show him(her) self approved unto God.”
The TPI curriculum is self-paced in order to place the entire “desire to learn” process upon the student. The TPI Track Two curriculum is based upon Biblical roots. TPI believes that all Bible students should learn from the Bible’s Hebrew, historical, cultural and geographical roots.
The TPI Track Two curriculum is based upon the following progression: 1) one person; 2) that one person is “born again”; 3) that one person is established as the spiritual head of their household; 4) that one person is called by God into ministry; 5) that one person properly studies God’s Word through the four areas of grammar, history, culture and geography; 6) that one person’s theology is formed; 7) that one person answers God’s call Who identifies his ministry; and, 8) that one person establishes his/her ministry which results in people’s needs being met.
It is the position of the Timothy Program International that to best equip any person to “minister” to others, the Bible must be accessible to them from its original languages and settings. Therefore, the TPI Track Two curriculum will train no student in theology until that student has become efficient in the grammar, history, culture and geography of God’s Word. No student shall be taught about “his” ministry (specific calling) until he can defend Biblical theology. No student shall be ordained into ministry until “his” ministry is proven to carry out Biblical imperatives which meet people’s needs. The TPI Track Two curriculum is deliberately difficult in order to eliminate those unwilling to properly prepare themselves for effective ministry. All exams/papers are proctored by the student’s pastor (or spiritual elder) to maintain integrity.